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Apple Announces 2TB Time Capsule

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

TimeCapsuleTime Capsule now comes in 1TB and 2TB models starting at just $299. Time Capsule is a Wi-Fi hard drive that works with Mac OS X Leopard’s Time Machine to back up all your data. It’s also a full-featured wireless base station that includes simultaneous dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Guest Network, Back to my Mac support for MobileMe users, Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a USB 2.0 port for sharing a printer and/or a hard drive.

[Available from Apple]

Apple Announces New Final Cut Studio

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

FinalCutStudio7Apple announces a significant update to Final Cut Studio, with more than 100 new features and new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and Compressor. The industry’s leading video post-production suite, Final Cut Studio features Final Cut Pro 7 with new versions of ProRes to support virtually any workflow, Easy Export for one-step delivery, and iChat Theater integration for real-time editing collaboration from anywhere in the world. Motion 4 includes enhanced text and 3D tools that make it easy to create everything from basic titles to stunning motion graphics, and Soundtrack Pro 3 features voice-level match and dozens of new multitrack editing tools to streamline audio post-production. Color 1.5 includes wider format support and improved integration with Final Cut Pro, and Compressor 3.5 adds new features designed to simplify and speed up digital delivery.

Upgrade Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Studio is now available. The U.S. retail price of Final Cut Studio is $999. Current owners of Final Cut Studio, Production Suite, or Final Cut Pro can purchase an upgrade for $299. Upgrades are available only for retail versions.

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Edit, animate, mix, grade, and deliver on a Mac with Final Cut Studio. It includes more than 100 powerful new features. Use new versions of the ProRes codec to edit at high quality with reduced file sizes in a wide variety of workflows. Work with clients or colleagues in real time from anywhere in the world using iChat Theater. Add dramatic 3D graphics, repair common audio problems, and automate delivery in just a few clicks. The leading post-production suite now includes significant upgrades to Final Cut Pro, Motion, and Soundtrack Pro and updated versions of Color and Compressor. It also includes DVD Studio Pro, the industry standard for DVD authoring.

Top Features

  • Expanded ProRes family. Edit even faster at higher quality across workflows ranging from offline editing to broadcast events to high-fidelity compositing.
  • Easy export. Use the new Share window in Final Cut Pro 7 or Motion 4 for single-click delivery to your Apple devices, the web, a Blu-ray disc, or a DVD.
  • iChat Theater support. Work with clients or colleagues in real time from anywhere in the world. Just send your Final Cut Pro video to iChat Theater.
  • New speed change tools. Change clip speeds with ease from the redesigned Change Speed window in Final Cut Pro 7. You can also create constant or variable speed changes in the Timeline.
  • 3D shadows and reflections. Motion 4 lets you add dramatic shadows and dazzling reflections that respond naturally as objects and lights move through 3D space.
  • Voice-level match. The new Voice Level option in the Soundtrack Pro 3 Lift and Stamp tools lets you instantly match dialogue levels across your project.
  • Support for 4K files. Color 1.5 lets you grade and render at maximum quality, with a workflow that supports native 4K files from cameras such as the RED ONE.
  • Batch templates. New batch templates in Compressor 3.5 let you automate end-to-end encoding workflows including settings, destinations, and post-encoding delivery.
  • DVD authoring. Produce studio-quality DVD titles with drag-and-drop ease using DVD Studio Pro 4.

[Available from Apple Inc]

Education

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

You are educated when you have the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or self-confidence.

— Robert Frost

256GB USB Thumb Drive

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

DataTravler300Kingtson has announced their DataTraveler 300 which, according to them, is the world’s first 256 GB USB Flash drive. Using their included software up to 90% of the drives content can be password protected and no administrator rights are required. As of this writing the drive is only available in the UK, but should be available in the US shortly. I can name at least two Los Angeles ACNs, who probably have this on pre-order.

[Estimated $900 from Kingston]

TVs for Moms and LOST fans

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Looking for a gift that is just a bit different?  HANNSpree has just expanded their line of “unique” televisions with several new plush animals including a giraffe  and a polar bear. Each one with a small television embedded in its side.

[Available soon from HANNSpree]

For the LOST Fan:  A Polar Bear

For the LOST Fan: A Polar Bear

For Mom: A Giraffe

For Mom: A Giraffe


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